5 Reasons to Incorporate Swimming Into Your Chiropractic CareDecember 10, 2018
Swimming is a great activity for almost everyone, but it is particularly beneficial for those who have mobility issues or chronic pain
This form of exercise is gentle, yet effective, so if you are looking for a way to speed up your recovery time after an injury or simply wanting to incorporate a low-risk exercise into your chiropractic care, swimming should be at the top of your list. Here’s why:
Provides Low-Impact Exercise
Because swimming takes place in the water–where you can freely and easily move your body–you are at a lower risk of developing an exercise-related injury. Water aerobics, swimming laps, or simply treading water can allow you to burn quite a few calories without putting your body at unnecessary risk. This style of exercise combined with regular chiropractic adjustments will help keep your body in great shape.
Promotes Faster Recovery Time
If you get injured, your first reaction might be to take it easy and chill on the sofa until the injury heals. While this advice (along with using ice, heat, and elevation) definitely applies to the first couple of days following an injury, it is not something you should follow for weeks or months because not using those muscles could actually make the injury more difficult to recover from. Swimming is a great way to ease back into your daily routines because there is a low risk of injury and you can push yourself as much or as little as you want.
Being in the water can help put your body and mind at ease. Immersing yourself in a pool can help relieve arthritis or other joint pain by altering the tension gravity puts on your body, which is similar to a chiropractic adjustment. Additionally, the sound and sensation of water can help your mind relax in an almost meditative way. Why do you think so many people head to the beach or the lake for vacation?
Increases Physical Endurance
Any kind of physical exercise will increase your physical endurance, but many of those activities (running, weight lifting, contact sports) have a higher chance of leading to an injury that requires further chiropractic care. Swimming carries less risk of bodily harm, and it combines cardio and resistance training because you have to get your heart rate up and exert your muscles to push through the water.
Improves Range of Motion
If you have recently experienced an injury that has decreased your range of motion, swimming (combined with chiropractic adjustments) can help you regain your range of motion. When you are in the water, carefully stretch your muscles as far as you comfortably can and hold that position for 20-30 seconds. Repeat this several times a week, and you should soon notice that you can stretch your muscles further every time.